(Director) is a distinguished director and writer whose films
include "Breaker Morant," which he wrote and directed
and which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay;
and "Tender Mercies," which brought him his second Oscar
nomination, this one as Best Director. "Breaker Morant"
also won 11 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Director
and Best Screenplay.
Among Beresford's other directing credits are "Driving Miss
Daisy," which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture
and Best Actress for Jessica Tandy; "The Fringe Dwellers,"
which he also wrote; and "Crimes of the Heart," which
was nominated for three Academy Awards.
In 1990, Beresford directed "Mister Johnson," the first
feature to be shot entirely in Nigeria. That was followed by "Black
Robe," the first Australian/Canadian co-production, which
won six Genie Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Academy Awards),
including Best Film and Best Director. Most recently Beresford
wrote and directed "Paradise Road," based on a true
story of a group of women held in a Japanese POW camp during World
War II. Other credits include "Money Movers," "The
Club," "Puberty Blues," "Rich in Love,"
"Silent Fall" and "Last Dance."
Beresford has also directed several operas, including "Girl
of the Golden West," staged for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston
and Spoleto (Italy), and "Elektra," which was staged
for the State Opera Company of South Australia and performed in
Adelaide and Melbourne. It won the award for Best Opera Production
Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University
in 1962. He served as film officer for the British Film Institute
Production Board from 1966-71 and as film adviser to the Arts
Council of Great Britain.
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